This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?
A CV or Curriculum Vitae is:
• • • •
Your Your Your Your
Life History Job History Achievements Skills
I am not sure where to get this information. Show me how to write a CV. Why should I have a CV ? A CV or curriculum vitae is a marketing tool. With your CV you will be able to promote yourself. Imagine the CV as being a brochure that will list the benefits of a particular service. The service being your time and skills! When writing a CV look at it from your employers point of view. Would you stand out against the competition (the other candidates) and would the manager want to talk you for a possible job? You have to ask yourself these questions when writing your CV or curriculum vitae. Networking and interviewing are essential for your job hunt and your CV is just the first step in the job search. However a CV will be your first contact with potential employers and will open the door. If you are invited for an interview you would then be in a position to explain and expand on what is in your CV. A CV is an essential tool in your job search. When applying for a vacancy you generally first have to send your CV to present yourself to the prospective employer.
Documents and materials need to write a CV:
• • •
Job descriptions for all positions held Performance reviews Educational transcripts and records of seminars/conferences
attended since high school. References
The above documents are best collected throughout your career and saved as these will make writing your CV much easier in the future. It can be difficult to remember all the responsibilities you had on previous jobs but a detailed CV is essential for a successful job hunt. The human resource department or your direct supervisor can provide you with your current job description and you can contact previous employers in order to get previous job descriptions. Performance reviews are what your employers think of your attitude and productivity at work. These are generally used to identify training needs and salary reviews. Potential employers will be interested in these documents. The way you performed in your previous jobs is a good indication of what your future employers can expect of you and this information will therefore be used to judge your suitability for the position. Keep your qualifications in a safe place. If you lose any, schools and universities can provide you other copies. Letters of reference are given to employees when they leave a job (if they have done a good job!). It is always a good idea to include copies of these letters in your job application.
Time and place for drawing up a CV
When is the best time to have a CV drawn up? As soon as you are out of the college you should write your CV. Every six months you need to update your CV to contain the latest information as and when you complete any new degree, training or achievement. Every time you apply for a new job, you need to re-write the CV which should be totally tailor-made to the job you are applying for. In order to do this you should have researched well in the company's background as well as identified the best personal traits and qualifications which match with the prescribed job requirements. Only then your CV will catch the attention of the prospective employer and you will gain the chance for an interview. A common mistake is for people to draw up a general type of CV and only change the cover letter and send the companies. Nothing could be more harmful to your chances to get to an interview. Since each job is specific and has special requirements, there is no way how a regular
CV can match of all the jobs universally. Rather when the CV is not drawn to highlight your fit to the company, it is summarily rejected without further introspection. It is important hence, to have a tailor-made CV for each job you are applying for. It is also important to have your CV continuously upgraded to include each and every aspect of your professional and personal (relevant) growth. You should, for best results, have a master CV in your computer which can be changed at the drop of hat to fit any job requirements so it can be submitted properly. However, the master CV would slowly be polished to contain each and every facet on your professional and personal life. Then whenever you need you can pick those traits which are best suited to a particular job and wait for that interview letter. Hence, you start writing your CV now, the sooner the better. When you have the CV written down well, your thoughts will also be organized particularly to your strengths and weaknesses and other aspects that you will be able to present better and better. The fact that you have control over the facts will in turn give you increased confidence which will clearly come through in your CV and your interview. This is the importance of writing a CV in time. The timeliness of having this document ready will unleash a useful circle of processes by which you can only benefit. Do not wait till the last moment before you need to apply to write your CV. When in hurry and under duress, you will tend to leave out many beneficial points which would have otherwise gained you an interview with the company. Be careful in how you invest your time for your future - a small delay may cost you dearly.
Make your CV an interesting introduction document
You must be aware that the CV is that key which unlocks the gate of the company for you. You want the job, you are ready for it - but have your really got the right key? How do you make your CV an interesting document?
Always write a new CV for each job, specifically designing them to answer and highlight the relevant information about yourself as regards to the job requirements; never give a standard formal CV to one and all - in case you do, do not expect great results from such a delivery Always draw he employers interest towards your best plus points
which would be show you as one of the most eligible for the job applied for Collect enough information about the company and the job in question to know exactly what points are the employers looking for so you can match your best talents to match those particular points of the requirement Be aware of the market trends regarding the latest technology, latest training, latest jargons that are relevant to the job. Use those in sufficient quantity to show that you are abreast with the times The formatting of the CV should be pleasant to the eyes in alignment, typesetting (the font should preferably be Arial or Times New Roman with a size between 11 - 12 pt), margins, paper quality - each and every aspect should be chose with the company and job you are applying for in mind. For example for a computer professional a highly professional, latest technology and software CV would be very appropriate; while for an advertising or copy writing job a colorful and innovative style would prove your credentials even before the employer read your CV Use the key aspects that the employers are looking for correctly and throughout the CV - this will not only attract their attention but also highlight your overall awareness Keep the CV crisp and easy to read, using proper highlighting tactics for different areas you need to attract the employers attention to - often the employers has only a few brief few seconds' time to glance through the CV and make his/her decision whether he/she interested to know more or not Keep it interesting with short sentences if you need to elaborate and bullet points when you need to list - so a person can scan the contents without effort and also enjoy what they read You need to build the expectations of the employer slowly but steadily so he/she will want to interview you; use the right formatting applicable to that company, region or country. Incorrect formatting often leads to rejection since the person cannot re-organize his/her way of thinking only for a stray CV Highlight clearly what value you can add to the job and the company so they can appreciate the value addition you can bring in
The above list is by no means exhaustive. Your CV should generally speaking, invite the employer to know you better, create a good first impression, and open the possibility in their mind that you might be the right candidate for the job.